Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

29 January 2019

Amara Hotel Lunar New Year [Media Tasting]


Chinese New Year is a week away, so it’s time to kick start on the catch-ups and gatherings. And, what’s a better way to do them than over good food and drinks? :)
Amara Hotel is ready for a prosperous Lunar New Year with its festive menu and buffets done up for the Year of the Pig.



Eight Treasures Prosperity Yu Sheng $88++ Small / $118++ Large

First thought of Amara Hotel’s Yu Sheng is that, the in-house sauce is more savoury than the usual sweet ones. There’re are generous toppings of abalone slices, salmon sashimi, jellyfish, salmon caviar, fish roe and fried fish skin (yay) that gives the whole yu sheng various levels of texture.
Not surprisingly, the yu sheng is endearingly done in the shape of a pig to celebrate the Year of the Pig.




Braised Pumpkin Soup with Superior Fish Maw

As simple as it may look, this is one of my favourite item from the dinner. The sweetness and creaminess of the pumpkin perfectly contrasted by dried scallops, fish maw and mushrooms. It is a very comforting broth that feels healthy and yet, effectively whets our appetite. 



Soy Baked Sea Perch with Spinach in Bonito Sauce

This is definitely the favourite of the crowd. It got everyone at the table finding out more about sea perch (bite-size fact, it’s from the same family as the cod fish but less oily and thus able to retain any gravy better!)



Braised Pork Ribs in Black Beer

Pork lovers get to try a new creation of Amara’s - Braised Pork Ribs in Black Beer. The pork ribs are certainly very tender and the sauce is unique, though not much of beer taste? Let me know if it’s just me!





Beijing Duck $68++ ala carte

One of the highlight of the dinner was a live station where the peking duck is skillfully carved. Each piece of crispy duck skin and meat is then wrapped with the crepe, cucumber and leek. Of cos, not forgetting a dash of sweet sauce to elevate the taste.




Fragrant Rice with Chinese Sausage and Mushroom

This looks rather unassuming but it came out great in the mouth! Best complemented by Amara Hotel’s Sichuan Style Wok-fried Chicken with Dried Red Chilli (Mala Chicken).





Dessert Buffet

Consisting of some all-time favourites such as the New York Cheesecake, Lychee Charlotte Cake, nonya kuehs, and tartlets, there are also special Chinese New Year cakes as such the Gold Ingot Fruit Cake ($78, 1kg) and Cherry Blossom Sugee Cake ($68, 900g).



The cherry blossoms on the sugee cake is one of the prettiest decor I’ve ever had on a  cake and overall, the fondant isn’t overwhelming thick or sweet, perfect!



More details of Amara Hotel's dining options here:



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Amara Hotel

165 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088539

+65 68792607

Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am daily
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm (Monday to Friday)


High Tea: 12pm – 2.30pm and 3pm – 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

10 June 2018

Bober Tea - The Latest Artisan Tea in Town (Bishan)


Bober Tea has kindly invited me down to their new outlet in town at Bishan. The founder had found on his travels that the various tastes of bubble teas in Taiwan, Japanese and China are vastly superior and has hence decided to bring back the best of all worlds to Singapore. Bober Tea strives to offer artisanal tea, focusing on high-quality, tasty blends and keeping the prices affordable still.



Not only do the crew behind Bober Tea make delicious teas, they also aim to care for everyone's health as the bobas are homemade instead of procuring from the factories - this is so that they can have better control over what goes into each and every boba.

Bober Tea also uses premium ingredients such as Okinawa black sugar, Hokkaido milk, pure matcha powder, and Grade A quality fresh fruits.


These are the 6 flavours I tried!
1. Hokkaido Milk Cap Strawberry
2. Salted Caramel Milk Tea
3. Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea
4. Matcha Strawberry Latte
5. Chocolate Milk with Oreo
6. Supreme Fruit Burst (Red Tea)

The team behind Bober Tea loves aesthetically beautiful stuff, so they’ve gotten unique round cups as well as Bober Tea’s Cute cartoon box for purchase of 6 drinks and above. Glimpses of it are on my IG stories highlight on food :D




1. Hokkaido Milk Cap Strawberry ($5.90)

Hokkaido milk will never go wrong if you're a milk lover. This is a refreshing reinvention of strawberry milkshake with more tangy-ness to it.


2. Salted Caramel Milk Tea ($3.50)

Salted Caramel is an easy flavour - however do ask for less sugar if you are more used to healthier versions of bubble teas! The price is kept reasonably competitive as well.


3. Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea ($4.10)

Again, the hokkaido milk cap never fails. This is probably a flavour I would rattle off the tip of my tongue without any hesitation.



4. Matcha Strawberry Latte ($4.90)

This is THE IG-WORTHY drink! For the beautiful shade of pink and contrasting green ;)
For matcha lovers, you may be delighted to know that the drink is made from pure matcha powder freshly grinded in front of you.


See how they do it for the matcha flavour of the duo. This is the kind of precision they hold for the drinks.<3 p="">



5. Chocolate Milk with Oreo ($3.70)

This was certainly a dark horse as it wasn't a tea per se. But it came as such a delicious drink which changed my perception that bubble teas needn't be teas all the time!

And...saving the best for the last:


6. Supreme Fruit Burst - Red Tea ($7.20)

This is my personal favourite out of the 6. I love the burst of the citrus flavours and the crunchy passion fruit bits. The supreme fruit burst totally lives up to its name, invigorating us at the first sip. Also, I like how we're given a spoon to enjoy the fruits in the cup. It helps towards our daily target of 2 servings of fruits :p



Some of their top sellers are as follows which I would love to try some other time!
- Brown Sugar Fresh Milk with Hot Brown sugar Pearl (Hot and cold Sensation)
- Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea/ Mango / Strawberry
- Roasted oolong Milk Tea with Walnut
- Taro Milk
- Grapefruit Green Tea with Popping Boba
Special toppings: Popping Boba (Strawberry / Passionfruit/ Grapefruit)



There’s never been a better time for Bubble Tea. With decades of history and new waves of bubble tea all over the world in the more recent months, try out Bober Tea for yourself and let me know which flavour you enjoy!


Bober Tea

 Bishan MRT #01-01

Operating Hours: Monday - Sundays 10:00am - 10:00pm




9 February 2017

Shhh.. Don’t Tell Mama - Food Tasting



Don't Tell Mama is a bistro that takes up residence at Tanjong Pagar, offering Korean-Mexican fusion. It is under the same group as Chicken Up, hence located side-by-side.






The industrial looking interior concept allows guests not to worry about dresscode – simply let our hair down and have fun! 








The colorful drinks caught my attention immediately. What’s more with blinking mini-lightbulbs for the cocktails, enough to make most girls’ hearts go thumping with delight.

To begin with, we had a few Frozen Cocktails $25:



Left to Right:
Parcharita (Passionfruit, Mango and Tequila)
Lycherita (Lychee and Tequila)
Strawberrita (Strawberry and Tequila)

My favourite will always be lychee flavoured drinks, so Lycherita wins hands-down! The Parcharita was also good, with the tangy passionfruit and mango combi. We were able to control the amount of alcohol added to the Sojuritas, hence these drinks are suited for people of all ‘alcoholic’ levels.

Lightbulb Drinks (Soda $5; Juice or Smoothies from $6; Cocktails From $15)



As we already have quite a lot of alcoholic drinks from the Frozen cocktails / Sojuritas, we decided to simply get the soda version for the Lightbulb drinks. Even though I usually avoid blue-colored drinks, the blue lemon soda was very refreshing and nothing like ‘cough syrup’ as I would usually expect blue-colored drinks to be :p The strawberry soda was great too. I guess this makes a perfect first-date drink, guys ;)

Now, let’s take a look at the fusion menu they offer.



Nachos Cheese Omelette Pancake $8



A fushion of two of my favourite starters - nachos cheese and korean pancake, whoo!
The pancake is the soft, chewy type without any crispy edge or surface. However, pairing with the nachos gives it the 'crisp' texture immediately! 

Kimchi Fries $18



Well, what can go wrong with fries? Nothing! The kimchi sauce was well-flavoured and topped with real sautéed kimchi and soy-seasoned shredded chicken. This goes right after my American-style beef chili-cheese fries in my ‘Favorites’ list :p

Bulgogi Quesadilla $14



Not sure if it was the beef, but I love this starter dish! It would make a good main course for one pax if you’re there for ‘proper’ dinner instead of a mass drinking session.

Prawn Burrito $12


This doesn’t seem like a typical burrito, but more towards prawn pizza wrap (if there’s such a thing). The taste of the spices was quite strong, probably good to go with beers or other alcoholic drinks.

Spicy Lollipops $8


These lollipops have nothing to do with sweetness in actual fact. They are chicken drumlets coated with Korean sweet-spicy sauce with some of the meat carved out to shape them like lollipops. The meat is tender and flavorful, easily making it one of our top favourites that evening.

Fried Chicken Wings $8



The wings are very crispy on the outside and the meat has just the right taste. Perfect for a chicken-and-beer chillax night.

Onion Bomb $12



This is the second time I’m trying an onion bomb and this at DTMM certainly makes me feel like going for my third and fourth time! It is incredibly good that even non-onion eaters enjoyed it.

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Drop by Don't Tell Mama Facebook page for updates of their latest promotions and events.



For now, the whole of February, go bottomless with the beers and margaritas at DTMM for only $30 for the ladies / $40 for the gents from 7pm-10pm! 


Alternatively, grab a beer for only $1!


Spread the love :)

12 December 2016

Kay's Instant Macaroni review

Whipping up a macaroni meal is now as easy as in 1…2…3 mins! All thanks to Kay’s Singapore instant macaroni packets!




About Kay’s

“In 2008, we started as an import and distribution company that serve healthy and natural food products. After gaining profound knowledge of food industry for 8 years, the experience that we have gathered allowed us to identify specific requirements in the consumers lifestyle and food industry. Therefore with this foresight, we open our doors in 2015 and committed to cater consumer only the finest, high-quality and affordable food products in Singapore. We believe that anyone can prepare food quickly and easily for themselves and their loved ones by using our food products, which is made in Singapore. In line with this belief in preparing food conveniently, we introduce our first instant macaroni that can help customers to save time and money in their busy and time-tight lifestyle.”

These are the instant macaroni flavours available currently:

Anchovy



“Anchovy stock is one of the most important parts in enhancing the soup-based flavourful. Making anchovies stock is fast and convenient and usually takes 10-15 minute, unlike making chicken or vegetable stock.
However, if using our anchovy macaroni, anchovy macaroni will be ready after 3 minutes.”


Curry



“Spice it up with our curry flavour with only 3 minutes of your time. It is so simple that you do not require to prepare a variety of herbs to bring out the spiciness of the curry.”


Tom Yum



“Eat it fresh and eat it warm! Our Tom yum macaroni flavour gives you hot and sour soup that you had ever experience and achieve it with a few simple steps”


Chicken



“Preparing chicken soup is tedious as it requires a lot of chopping and cleaning of the chicken. Also, it is time-consuming. By using our chicken macaroni, you are able to achieve the full and soothing soup base in less than 10 minutes.”


Vegetable



“Broth is one of the most important components in any vegetable-related food. By making a hearty and filling vegetable macaroni, you only need the broth, which is in the macaroni packet, macaroni and the rest of the ingredients that gives you a delicious meal.”

My personal favourite is the tom yum flavour as it has just the right amount of spiciness (not spicy at all if you’re a chili kind of person) and tanginess that is extremely refreshing.
You may even want to add ingredients of your choice to make it more nutritious – I added some fresh clams to create the seafood tom yum flavour.



Garlic 1 clove
White wine 100ml
Fresh clams 12-15
Instant macaroni pack
Boiling water 250ml

1) Stir-fry the garlic till golden brown. You may add some chili flakes
2) Add 100ml white wine for 10 seconds
3) Add the clams to simmer for 3-5 mins, till all the clams are popped open.
4) While the clams are cooking, add the boiling water to the macaroni and seasoning in a separate bowl to simmer
5) Once the clams are done, transfer the clams and broth to the ready macaroni and ta-dah!



Kay’s Macaroni is available at $3.20 (pack of three) from Sheng Siong Supermarket, Fairprice stores, Prime Supermarket and more. Latest list of outlets can be found at their Facebook page.